Attracting industry to town, attacking financial concerns important to Kendell

 

Councillor candidate Scott Kendall is hoping to bring industry back to Amherstburg. He is running in the Oct. 27 election.

Councillor candidate Scott Kendall is hoping to bring industry back to Amherstburg. He is running in the Oct. 27 election.

By Ron Giofu

 

Scott Kendell remembers working in Amherstburg when he was 12-years-old and said a lot of the places he worked at are now gone.

If elected Oct. 27, Kendell hopes to be part of a town council that brings some industry back to Amherstburg.

Kendell has filed to run for a town councillor position in next month’s election and said he wants to learn as much as he can about the job and the issues that surround the community. He said he has “been on top of the fence looking in” and decided to take the opportunity to run for council.

The sole proprietor of a heavy equipment repair business believes that his small business background can help the town and said the finances can be put back into order if a plan is followed. With a plan and program in place, “anything can be accomplished.”

Kendell said the town needs to maintain itself at its current levels and that new projects should be put on hold.

“There’s going to have to be cuts,” said Kendell. “There are going to be some hard decisions. There’s not going to be anything new for a while. We’re going to have to suck it up and really work hard on the deficit.”

The town’s finances are “on everyone’s mind,” said Kendell, and that is something he wants to see further addressed.

“I’d like to see it definitely taken care of,” said Kendell. “I’d like to see a definite plan of attack.”

Not spending money the town doesn’t have and separating the town’s needs and wants are other priorities.

Kendell’s background also includes running the garage for Smith Brothers Excavating and he also worked for Ranta Enterprises.

“I know a little bit about infrastructure and what it takes,” he said.

Amherstburg needs a clear vision for the next four years, Kendell stated, and that should include bringing in more industry to town.

“You can’t have everyone leaving to go work somewhere else,” said Kendell.

Kendell said he has watched people drive out of the community daily for the last 20 years from his Front Road North home and wants to reverse that trend.

“There’s no industry left in this town. There are no jobs left in Amherstburg,” he said.

Utilizing the location of the new bridge and the town’s proximity to rail and water is important and he hopes for something to be developed on the Amherstburg Land Holdings property

“There’s a lot of opportunity there,” said Kendell. “There is a lot of property available. It has to be used properly.”

Kendell acknowledges he is new to the political arena but says he has the passion for the job. He said when he commits to a project, he is hard-nosed about getting it completed.

“I’m a good problem solver. There’s nothing that can’t be fixed,” said Kendell.

Council has to work together as a team, he added, and “if we can get a council that can work together for the betterment of Amherstburg, we’ll be a better place.”

 

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